Write a Note of Thanks to your Teacher
Please take the time to write a note of thanks to your Sunday School teachers, Nursery caretakers and leaders. There is special paper on a table in the Fellowship Hall for you to use. Return your letters to Ruth Roth or Laura Moshier; they will give the letters to teachers and leaders at the teacher appreciation meal this Sunday.
Teacher Appreciation Meal
All Nurture Hour teachers, music leaders and class coordinators along with your families are invited to a special meal at noon on Sunday, March 19. We are blessed to have so many wonderful teachers and leaders in Christian Education from the Nursery to adult classes. This is our small way to say THANK YOU for all you do throughout the year.
A small committee will be making Berkey's first cookbook to raise funds for Berkey and for a community agency. They would like each family to participate in the project by submitting 1-3 favorite recipes. With your recipes:
- Share why they are your favorite (50 words or less).
- Type or print the recipes on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Use only one side of the paper; do not fold.
- Specify which category you would like your recipes to be listed under. (ex. salads, desserts, etc.)
- Put your first & last name on the recipes.
All recipes should be turned in by March 25th. Please put them in Leah Garboden's mailbox.
Volunteer & Nomination Forms
An important part of our life at Berkey is selecting people to serve on our Spiritual Leadership Team and commissions. Also important are people who volunteer and participate in many ways. The Leadership Discernment Team (LDT) is asking you to fill out two forms; click the links below to view, download or print the forms.
1. Berkey Gift Discernment Form
You are invited to consider serving the church in one of the positions listed. You may also recommend other members or members-in-process. To help with your nominations view the membership list
and current commission list
2. Berkey Volunteer Form
This form outlines service options available, helps commissions make contacts, and helps you serve where you feel God is calling you. Most of these opportunities are open to regular attendees.
On Sunday, March 19, the Leadership Discernment Team will handout paper copies of the forms and there will be a few minutes allowed during the service to fill them out. Forms should be returned to LDT members: Lavonn Hostetler, Abbe Buller or Mark Yoder by March 26.
Meals for College Students: One Sunday Left!
There is only one date (April 9) left to fill. If you would enjoy hosting a Sunday noon meal for the students, follow this link
; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth
Model School Appreciation Project
We are collecting bottles, especially those with an interesting shape to use as vases in the April Model School staff appreciation project. If you have some empty glass bottles to donate, please bring them to the church kitchen before April 10. A collection box is on the counter near the microwave. See Susan Garboden or Diane Nafziger with questions.
Berkey Volunteer Event
Now is the time to sign up to volunteer to work at the LaCasa Help-A- House Community Work Day event being held in Goshen on Saturday, May 13. Berkey Avenue Mennonite will have a group volunteering at this event. See details and sign up on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes. Alternatively, sign up by calling/texting Dale Snyder at 574-238- 6956 or send him an email
before April 15.
Parking on Sunday morning is tight. If you come early, you may park on the grass along the north side of the pavement. This will allow others who come later to park on the cement.
Youth Summer Camp Designated Fund
We invite you to consider making a contribution to Berkey Avenue's Youth Summer Camp designated fund this month. We anticipate several requests for financial assistance to help church youth experience a week of camp this summer at either Camp Amigo or Camp Friedenswald and would like to be able to give generously. A week of summer camp represents an investment of $300. Please contact Dale Snyder, Berkey Avenue’s Mennonite Camp Representative, at 574-238-6956 (call or text) or by email
if you have any questions regarding this fund. Thank you!
A Stephen Ministry Testimonial
It all began soon after I moved to a new town to be near my family. I had ended an 8 year relationship and was counting on them for support. Then soon after I moved, they unexpectedly had to move away so I was alone. And then my grandfather died. It was one of the hardest times of my life.
I found out my new church offered Stephen Ministry and asked for one. At first I was afraid of talking to a new person about my hurts. We started slowly and I learned to trust her.
I had some spiritual wounds that were pretty intense and needed healing— things I didn’t want to share with family and friends. But on one visit, as my Stephen Minister walked next to me, I felt safe and comfortable. So I shared my deepest hurts with her—some really painful things that I feared she might judge me for and that made me wonder if God could possibly love me. After I told her those things, I was really nervous and dreading her response. I was worried that she would think I was an awful person. But instead, she gently said, “I’m sorry you had to go through that.” And that was a turning point for me. To go from fear of judgment to a positive affirmation of care, empathy—and even sorrow for what I’d been through—it was so meaningful. That’s when I began to feel God’s love again.
What she gave me most was unconditional love and acceptance. We can’t really see God except through others. Stephen Ministers help those they care for experience God during those times in life when they might be wondering, Is God even there?
Asking for a Stephen Minister is the best thing I could have done for myself. Stephen Ministry is transformational. I would encourage anyone who is suffering, discouraged, or going through a difficult time to ask for a Stephen Minister. And if someone offers a Stephen Minister to you, say, “Yes!” It really is life-changing.
-Adapted from http://www.stephenministries.org/PDFs/Megan's_Story.pdf go to the link for the full story.
Head on over to our Facebook page
for a photographic collection of our early history -- complete with difficult to recognize building features, incredible hairstyles and clothing, and who knows what else we will dig up! Play along and see if you can spot anybody you know, and don't forget to like our page if you haven't already!
Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.
Students in grades 5-10 interested in exploring Bethany can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 20, 8:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to come between 8:45-9:15 a.m. for coffee and conversation followed by an optional tour at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! Contact us to explore visit options for younger children as well. For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date, visit the Bethany website
Standing Rock Story Event
The community is invited to hear Craig Tsosie and Teron Begay, both from the Dine Nation, speak along with other water protectors about some stories of Standing Rock. Craig and Teron both spent many months at Standing Rock. Traditional Peruvian music will be performed by Nayo Ulloa. The event will be today, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Umble Center. A reception will follow.
Hymn Club Fundraiser
Goshen College's Hymn Club is finishing a fundraiser event by singing through the entire hymnal to support Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). The finale night is today, March 17, in the Music Center choir room starting at 9:00 p.m. and singing until finished. For donations, make checks out to CPT with "hymn marathon" in the memo line; sent to CPT, PO Box 6508; Chicago IL 60680-6508. Cash or checks may also be brought to the hymn club event.
International Student Club Coffeehouse
The annual Goshen College International Coffeehouse is coming on March 18. This student-run event features a dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and a family-friendly international variety show at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall. Tickets for this fund-raiser are available from the Welcome Center, 535-7566 or online
. Adults: $20 (dinner & show), $12 show only; students & children: $12 (dinner & show), $5 show only. This entertaining event promotes international friendship and also will be raising money for MCC Refugee Relief.
Conference on Religion and Science
Goshen College is hosting its annual Conference on Religion and Science, March 24-26, with special guest Niels Henrik Gregersen, a professor of systematic theology at the University of Copenhagen. The theme is "Deep Incarnation: From Cosmos to Commitment," and will include public lectures on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 at 10:30 a.m., both in the Goshen College Church-Chapel. Learn more
Minority Conference Invitation
Goshen College and College Mennonite Church are hosting a Minority Ministries Council Conference, titled “Black, Brown, and Mennonite: Lessons from the Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Black Freedom Movements for the Mennonite Church” on March 30 – April 1 at Greencroft Goshen Community Center. All are invited as we honor the essential work of Black and Brown leaders who, during the civil rights era, marched, struggled, imagined, and believed that another church—an anti-racist church—was indeed possible. Learn more
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Want to learn more about Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary but can't make it to our Elkhart, Indiana, campus? Connect with us at the Seminary and Theological School Virtual Fair on March 29. The fair is a free online event where you can interact with faculty, students and admissions staff. Register today
to get answers to your questions.
Mennonite Central Committee
Pledge forms for MCC's My Coins Count (previously Penny Power) are on the literature rack by the mailboxes. This year, 2017, marks MCC's 50th annual celebration of the Michiana Relief Sale. Pick up a pledge form to help raise $500,000.00.
Immigration Detainee Kits
Looking for a hands-on way to show God's love? When people who have been placed in immigration detention centers are released, they sometimes have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Kits containing items like clothing and hygiene products can help them as they transition into life outside the detention center. Mennonite Central Committee is partnering with Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants to collect and distribute immigration detainee kits. Read more information about kit contents
or see the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
Mennonite Church USA
Attending the 2017 Convention in Orlando? The convention planning office has arranged discounts at Orlando-area attractions. Learn more
Mennonite World Conference
Online theological education opens doors
Nora Marleni Martínez of Metapan, El Salvador, is in the first group of students in a regional Peace and Justice Institute program of the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano (SEMILLA). Read more
Benton Mennonite Fundraiser
Benton Mennonite will offer a Haystack Breakfast Benefit for Sonshine Children's Ministry on Saturday, March 18, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. (or until food runs out) at the church, 15350 CR 44, Goshen. Sonshine Children's Ministry is supported by local Mennonite and other area churches. For more information, call 574-642-3245 or email the Benton Mennonite office
Conversation about Peace in the Middle East
Rev. Alex Awad, Palestinian Christian pastor and co-worker with Mennonites will speak on Sunday evening, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church on "A Palestinian Christian Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict". All persons concerned about peace in the Middle East are invited to hear this pastor & teacher speak out of his own personal experience. More information about this event is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
Christians and Immigration Event
What should Anabaptist-Mennonite Christians think about immigration and how should we engage the immigrants who are our neighbors? Daniel Carroll Rodas will help us unite around the biblical framework of "welcoming the stranger," in an event at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, on Sunday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Danny Carroll is author of Christians at the Border
and is an Old Testament professor at Wheaton College. His approach can help the whole church see how and why we must respond in compassion to the immigrants in our communities. For information contact Eighth Street, 574-533-6720, or cohost Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, 574-294-3423.
Project Promise Easter Play
Join the Project Promise Players as they present their annual Easter play at Clinton Frame Church on Saturday, March 25, at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. During this live drama, the actors will interpret the events of Easter. Admission is free; a goodwill offering will be taken. Project Promise is a program of MDC Goldenrod that provides spiritual and social support for persons with disabilities.
Empty Bowl Project
The 17th annual Empty Bowl Project to benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network will be held on March 25, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Mill Race Center Farmers Market. The meal is served in a handmade bowl and includes delicious soup of your choice, bread, beverage and dessert provided by area restaurants and Guild members. The suggested donation is $15.
Have something to sell, rent or lend? Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job or wanting to volunteer? This is the place to have it be known!
John and Shirley Dick are looking for someone to enjoy caring for their goats and pets during spring break. Options range from staying in their house during the week to doing chores morning and evening, and they offer a bit of monetary reimbursement for your trouble. Their goats and pets love people. Imagine each morning and evening being greeted by eager and friendly exclamations of 'Maa', 'Maa', in various pitches. Please call Shirley Dick at 574-238-5842 if you are interested.
MDC Goldenrod is planning a craft using old vinyl records. If you have some old vinyl records that you are willing to part with, please drop them off at the Goldenrod office. The records will be melted and molded into a bowl.
Do you enjoy mentoring young adults and living in community? Service Adventure is looking for unit leaders for our Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Jackson, Mississippi, units. The two-year term begins late July. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly
or visit Mennonite Mission website
for more information.